Media Releases 2010

Yarra Council Objects to Proposed Dimmeys Redevelopment

20 January 2010

Yarra City Council has lodged an objection on heritage grounds against the proposed redevelopment of the historic Dimmeys site in Cremorne.

Mayor Cr Jane Garrett said Council’s submission to Heritage Victoria raised concerns about the scale and proportions of the proposal from applicant Richmond Icon Pty Ltd.

“This stunning building which tells us so much about Melbourne’s cultural history deserves protection,” Cr Garrett said.

“We don’t believe the applicant is safeguarding that legacy,” she said.

Cr Garrett said the proposal was to retain the main façade and clocktower of the Swan Street building, and to construct two apartment buildings at the rear, one of which rises to 11 storeys.

She said Council was concerned the proposal would diminish the integrity of the majestic American Romanesque building which was cherished by Melburnians.

“Council has objected on the grounds that the proposed 11-storey building is top-heavy, and would detract from the landmark qualities of the Dimmeys clocktower,” Cr Garrett said.

She said the revised proposal did provide for improved views of the clocktower when compared to the previous application that proposed one nine-storey, much wider building at the rear.

The applicant withdrew that application in mid-2009 to undertake a redesign, and submitted this new proposal to Heritage Victoria in mid-December.

The applicant is yet to lodge its new plans with Council.

Cr Garrett said Heritage Victoria would make the ultimate decision on whether the proposal was suitable from a heritage perspective, while Council would consider such matters as the proposal’s urban design qualities, its impact on the amenity of the surrounding area and car parking provisions.

Once Council received the application, it was likely to hold a public information session with the applicant and interested community members, who would have one month in which to make submissions to Council about the proposal.


For media enquiries about this issue, please contact:

Ainslie Gowan
Coordinator Communications and Public Relations
Richmond Town Hall
333 Bridge Road Richmond
Telephone 9205 5177, 0400 933 700


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